With support from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, the SPL has launched a series of virtual author talks this summer; a range of talks from bestselling authors and thought leaders.

Register for online author talks this summer! Each webinar will include the opportunity for you to ask questions.

Liz Wiseman:

Impact Players: Take the Lead, Play Bigger, Multiply Your Impact

Noon EDT on Thursday, August 25, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/17743

Join us as we sit down in conversation with Liz Wiseman, New York Times Best Selling author, researcher, and executive adviser. Liz will talk about her latest book, Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact, and her other work.

In Impact Players, Liz asks the question, why do some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck going through the motions? In every organization, impact players are indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities. Managers know who these top players are, understand their worth, and want more of them on their team. Wiseman reveals the secrets of these stellar professionals who play the game at a higher level. Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies, Wiseman explains what the most influential players are doing differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in how we think and act can make an enormous impact, and why– with a little coaching–this mindset is available to everyone who wants to contribute at their highest level and do more meaningful work.

About the author:  Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership to executives worldwide. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Multipliers:  How the Best Leaders Make Everyone SmarterThe Multiplier Effect:  Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, Wall Street Journal bestseller Rookie Smarts:  Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, and bestseller Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact. She is the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.

To download one of Wiseman’s eBooks on Hoopla:  https://www.hoopladigital.com/title

To download Wiseman’s eBook on Libby: https://sanibel.overdrive.com/media/5979072

If you need to borrow a mobile WiFi hotspot to participate, please click here to place a hold in Sanibel Public Library catalog.

If you need help setting up or logging into these webinars, please email notices@sanlib.org or call (239) 472-2483.

Sanibel Public Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, Florida, at no charge. You must present your valid driver’s license (or similar government ID) to staff, showing your current Lee County address. Visitor cards are available for a $10 fee and are good for one year.


Dr. Michele Borba

Raising Thrivers: Parenting Tips & Tools to Help Kids Thrive 

2 PM EDT on Thursday, September 8, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/17744/ 

Join us in conversation with bestselling author and expert in child development, Dr. Michele Borba, as she discusses her book, Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Thrive.

Data shows that today’s youth are the loneliest, most stressed, and risk-averse on record. Though well-educated, they are failing to launch in real life. So how can we teach them to be mentally strong and more successful? Through her research, she found the difference between those who struggle and those who succeed comes down to the personal traits that set Thrivers apart and set them up for happiness and a greater potential later in life. She offers practical, actionable ways to develop these Thrivers traits for kids and shows you how to teach them to cope today so that they can flourish tomorrow in school and life.

About the author: Michele Borba, Ed. D., the author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and expert in parenting, bullying, and character development. She has spoken to over one million participants on five continents. She has been a regular NBC contributor who regularly appears on Today and has been featured as an expert on DatelineThe ViewDr. PhilNBC Nightly NewsFox & FriendsDr. OzThe Early Show, and many others.



Author Talk with Simon Winchester 

2 PM EDT on Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Register for this author talk here:  https://libraryc.org/sanlib/18348 

Join us for a conversation with prolific British-American writer, journalist, and consummate adventurer Simon Winchester. This author talk will cover many aspects of his work across myriad fields of history, technology, and geology as well as the author’s personal expeditions, including his path to becoming the acclaimed best selling author he is today.  A master storyteller, Winchester’s narrative is like a journey through time. His keen intellect and ability to precisely and expertly weave everyday life into historical examination leaves his readers feeling awestruck at the world surrounding them.

Winchester is a New York Times Bestselling author with an omnibus of more than 30 titles, including The Professor and the MadmanPacificThe Perfectionists, and most recently, Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World. Beginning his writing career in journalism, Winchester has found renowned success in the world of non-fiction and now works almost exclusively as an author.

About the Author: Aside from his numerous books, Simon Winchester OBE has been published in The GuardianThe Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesNational Geographic, and Conde Nast Traveler among many others. Honored with several awards throughout  his career—Britain’s Journalist of the Year in 1971 among them—in 2006 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to journalism and literature. In addition, he received an Audie Award for Non-Fiction for The Perfectionists and was made an Honorary Fellow of St. Catherine’s College, Oxford in 2009.

To place a hold or to borrow Winchester’s books in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

To download one of Winchester’s eBooks on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com 


Hernan Diaz: Trust 

4 PM EDT on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/17742 

Join us for an afternoon with Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz, author of In the Distance and Trust. Diaz holds a Ph.D. from NYU and edits the Spanish-language journal Revista Hispánica Moderna, at Columbia University.

Diaz’s new book, Trust, is set during the roar of the 1920s around the Wall Street tycoon Benjamin Rask and his wife, Helen. Together, they have risen to the top of the world of seemingly endless wealth–all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.

Hernan Diaz’s Trust elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with one another—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.

About the author: Hernan Diaz is the author of two novels translated into more than twenty languages. His first novel, In the Distance, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has also written a book of essays, and his work has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, Playboy, The Yale Review, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

To place a hold or to borrow Trust in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

To download eBooks by Hernan Diaz on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com


Past Talks:

 David Allen Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity

12 Noon EDT on Thursday, July 14, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/17738

Register to join the conversation with New York Times bestselling author David Allen, one of the world’s most influential thinkers on personal productivity. David’s 35 years of experience as a management consultant and executive coach has earned him worldwide and Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the US.
Allen’s bestselling book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, has sold millions of copies and has been published in thirty languages, and the “GTD” methodology it describes has become a global phenomenon, being taught by training companies in more than 90 countries. David Allen’s GTD Methodology has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes. GTD’s broad appeal is based on the fact that it applies from the boardroom to the living room to the classroom. It is hailed as “life-changing” by students, busy parents, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives. You can start “Getting Things Done” today and get advice from the author himself with a Q&A following the talk!

To place a hold or to borrow Getting Things Done in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

To place a hold or to borrow Allen’s eBook: OverDrive Libby

Alka Joshi The Henna Artist

9 PM EDT on Thursday, July 7, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/17737

Register for an enchanting evening with New York Times bestselling author and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Alka Joshi as she discusses her captivating and bestselling novels, The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur.
Alka Joshi was born in India and immigrated to the US when she was nine years old, and published her debut novel, The Henna Artist, at the age of 62. Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist leads the audience on a journey through 1950s post-independence India that is all at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.
In this interview, Alka will share her inspirations for her work, how her mother’s life story has influenced her writing, and her experience and role in the creation of a Netflix series based on her books. Bewitching the senses, Joshi’s The Henna Artist, invites you to feast on Indian culture with mind, body, and soul. Author Q&A to follow her talk!

To place a hold or to borrow Joshi’s books in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

To place a hold or borrow Joshi’s eBooks: OverDrive Libby


Dr. Marcia Chatelain Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

2 PM EDT on Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/17739

You’re invited you to an invigorating discourse of scholarship and cultural history with Dr. Marcia Chatelain as she discusses her Pulitzer prize-winning book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. Dr. Chatelain, a highly accomplished professor and scholar of African American life and culture, is a frequent public speaker with expertise in food justice, race and ethnicity, and urban policy. She consults for many media outlets including The Atlantic, C-Span, MSNBC, CNN, and BBC America.
In Franchise, Chatelain set out to discover the interplay between fast-food restaurants and their saturation within black neighborhoods. McDonald’s has often been blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans. Dr. Chatelain uncovers an underappreciated intersection of capitalism and racism in a surprising history of cooperation among fast-food companies, black capitalists, and civil rights leaders, who–in the troubled years after Dr. King’s assassination–believed they found an economic answer to the problem of racial inequality. Join us for an illuminating talk about the history of urban development, race relations, and fast food that is sure to whet your intellectual appetite – Q&A with the author to follow!

To place a hold or to borrow Franchise in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

To download Chatelain’s audiobook:  Hoopla digital app

To place a hold or to borrow Chatelain’s eBook: OverDrive Libby


Liz Moore: Long Bright River

9 PM EDT on Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/17741

Join us for an evening with New York Times Bestselling author Liz Moore as she discusses her international bestseller, Long Bright River, and her other works. Long Bright River traces the story of two sisters estranged from each other but bonded by their choices. Mickey is a cop, and Kacey lives on the Philadelphia streets in the vice of addiction. When Kacey disappears, Mickey panics over her sister’s safety—obsessed with finding the culprit and her sister before it’s too late. Drawing on deeply personal volunteer work, Liz Moore spins a story that is both graphically honest and dignified. The novel puts a very human face on the effect that addiction can have on generations of families and communities.

About the Author: Liz Moore is the author of four novels, a winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, and she teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Temple University.

To place a hold or to borrow Long Bright River in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

To place a hold or to borrow Long Bright River eBook: OverDrive Libby


Michele Harper: The Beauty in Breaking

9 PM EDT on Monday, August 22, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/17740

Michele Harper is a female African American emergency room physician in an overwhelmingly male and white profession. Brought up in Washington, D.C., in a complicated family, she went to Harvard, where she met her husband. They stayed together through medical school until two months before she was scheduled to join the staff of a hospital in central Philadelphia when he told her he couldn’t move with her. Her marriage at an end, Harper, began her new life in a new city, in a new job, as a newly single woman. As Harper learned to become an effective ER physician in the ensuing years, bringing insight and empathy to every patient encounter, she understood that each of us is broken—physically and emotionally. How we recognize those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there are all crucial parts of the healing process.

This author talk with Michele Harper will cover many of the lessons she’s learned on her inspiring personal journey and the success of her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Beauty in Breaking.

About the author: Michele Harper has worked as an emergency room physician for more than a decade at various institutions, including chief resident at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and in the ER at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.

To place a hold or to borrow Beauty in Breaking in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog



Other Sanibel Public Library Programs for All Ages – Summer 2022:


Sanibel Public Library is circulating two Real Florida Reader State Park Passes September 12, 2022. Patrons can use the Passes to explore nearby places like Koreshan State Park or Mound Key Archaeological State Park. For more detailed information about the passes, and a list of state parks, go to: https://www.floridastateparks.org/RealFloridaReader

The Library also offers passes to four of the area’s popular attractions—The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon), and CROW’s Visitor Education Center. Passes may be checked out for one week using a current Sanibel Public Library card. Call the Library for more information or to place a hold for a pass, or go to: hold pass

Summer Reading program for Children and Teens:

Children (ages baby to 12th graders) can register for Summer Reading online with Beanstack at www.sanlib.org/children, until August 5.

Sanibel Public Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, Florida, at no charge. You must present your valid driver’s license (or similar government ID) to staff, showing your current Lee County address. Visitor cards are available for a $10 fee and are good for one year.


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